Marie-Jose Klaver on Mon, 19 Oct 1998 09:05:30 +0200 (MET DST)

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<nettime> EU-FBI global surveillance plan

I'm a Dutch journalist, working for NRC Handelsblad, one of the major
newspapers in the Netherlands. I've been reporting about the STOA report
An Appraisal of Technologies of Political Control since last February. 

A second report came out last month. I got a copy a few days ago from the
Omega Foundation. This second report has interesting information about the
so called EU-FBI global surveillance plan. According to a secret
memorandum the EU countries have agreed with the FBI to intercept all
European datacommunication. They agreed to change national laws in order
to make this interception possible. The national parliaments were never
informed about this EU-FBI agreement. Some EU countries like Holland and
Germany changed their laws to make broad wiretapping and interception of
Internet and other datacommunication possible. Germany changed its
constitution in the beginning of this year and in Holland a law was made
and accepted by both chambers of the Parliament that obliges all firms
with computer and communication networks (providers, telco's, newspapers
etc.) to make their systems tappable.

See for example Bruno Giussani's article 'Dutch Law Goes Beyond Enabling
Wiretapping to Make It a Requirement':

You can read the second STOA report at

I could also send you an ASCII copy.

Marie-Jose Klaver

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